Report: Sega Sammy Interested In Bidding For Atlus’ Parent Company

By Ishaan . August 2, 2013 . 10:40am

Bloomberg Japan is reporting (via: Hachima) that around 20 companies have expressed interest in bidding for Index Holdings, Atlus’ parent company, following news of its bankruptcy.

 

Among these is Sega Sammy, Bloomberg says. Additionally, Bloomberg’s sources tell them that the bid for the company has gone up to 20 billion yen (about $200 million), up from the previously expected value of 15 billion yen.

 

Candidates for the bid are expected to be narrowed down by next week, according to Bloomberg, with the possibility of a deal being as early as the end of August.

 


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  • landlock

    I hope not. Sammy didn’t really do SEGA much good.

    • Daniel blue

      SEGA didn’t really do SEGA any good.

      Fixed.

  • Rothion

    lol SEGA.

    Just… no. Seriously. Games would never ever leave Japan.

    • CirnoTheStrongest

      Like Project Diva…oh wait

      • Rothion

        Like Valkyria Chronicles 3 – oh wait.

        Baka.

        • Gaardus

          Like Valkyria Chronicles 1 and 2 – oh wait. They tried the series. If the sales were there for the second, can you honestly say they wouldn’t have released the third?

          • SupaPhly

            Yakuza 5 says hi

  • Strain42

    I don’t care who buys Atlus, I just hope that whoever does continues to let Atlus have its creative freedom and make good games.

    • Tatsuya1221

      The atlus division is profitable, it’s doubtful they will want to change it, but i suppose you never know.

      Not sure how i feel about sega aquiring them, on one hand that would give atlus more capital to put into their games and advertizing, on the other sega’s track record is hit or miss.

      • KnifeAndFork

        Sega’s marketing is horrible

        • Ivan Junior

          Nintendo’s is worst. So I just wish they don’t buy Atlus as people wish about it.

          I think Nippon Ichi would be a great company to do it. They are competent when it comes to localize their japaneses games to America.

          • Just Tim

            Bonus points for Nippon Ichi, by virtue of having a European office.

          • Eder García

            lol Sony fanboys will be pleased if NIS buys ATLUS, if that happens SMT x FE will be on risk because NIS is doubtful on developing/publishing games on Nintendo consoles IMO.

          • Ivan Junior

            Well, better localized and exclusive to sony consoles than stucked in Japan with SEGA.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            Nintendo not marketing the WiiU isnt their marketing being horrible.

        • Tatsuya1221

          Correct, however it all comes down to how much control atlus would be given over itself should it be purchased by anyone, sega’s marketing may be horrible but atlus is generally pretty good at it.

      • Jeremy Barnes

        I guess the other side of it that Atlus could help Sega with localization

    • KnifeAndFork

      Thats why you should care who buys them

    • Nanaki

      Good words Strain. And there’s a difference between caring enough to post your feedback and caring to push on the subject when we still have little information. I too have to put in hope that Atlus will stick to their origins.

    • Tyler Beale

      As long as it’s not Capcom, Square Enix, Konami, Sony, or Nintendo, and as long as Atlus can continue to develop great games (PERSONA 5!!) without being on a leash, I don’t really care either.

    • gamefreak86

      Don’t forget awesome preorder ans limited editions that don’t break the bank.

  • nyobzoo

    All these articles keep saying sega is one of company that wants to buy them but who are the rest of the 19 companies?

    • Ereek

      The Bloomberg report doesn’t mention them. Many of them only Bid once.

  • Warukyure

    For the love of god, no.

    Sega: “New Persona announced, but here have some more Sonic, America!”

    • Surgeon of Death

      *Gets on knees and raises fists in the air* NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Chaos_Knight

      But we want Phantasy Star Online TTTTTWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      Hatsune Sonic: Project Persona F

  • SwiftWind

    Just not the Big 3 please. Atlus needs to remain 3rd party and not make games exclusively for one console.

    • Altin

      Wait what? I always think of the Big 3 Shonen (T*rds), but yeah, let’s hope that none of them will take it.

    • Kevi Johnson-el

      Big 3?

    • Kevi Johnson-el

      Big 3?

      • Dhruv Rajyagor

        Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft.

      • Ivan Junior

        lol

    • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

      no then Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem will die

    • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

      no then Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem will die

      • Barrylocke89

        As long as it doesn’t go to a Big 3, I doubt SMT x FE will die. Pokemon Conquest happened despite Tecmo Koei being independent of the 3.

        • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

          If Atlus goes to a third party there a high chance of it being force to be cancelled if that company don’t or hate developing for Nintendo.

          Tecmo KOEI is not in the same position as Atlus so you can’t compare them.

          It would be another Rare situation.

          • Ben Ruiz

            Atlus was always 3rd party.

          • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

            I said ” goes to a third party ”

            Meaning to another third party learn to read folks.

          • Eder García

            “If Atlus goes to a third party there a high chance of it being force to be cancelled if that company don’t like Nintendo or don’t like developing for Nintendo.” fixed

          • Ragnawind

            wrong. if Atlus is purchased by a 3rd party, there is no guarantee they will lose any of their employees. As long as their staff remains, they will still be able to make games for any console. I doubt a company that buys them would tell them what systems that can and can’t work on, since they would make more money with staff that can work on systems their current employees can’t. It would be more profitable overall, as well.

          • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

            I said nothing about employee. Are you even reading my post.

    • LunarKnite

      Don’t really understand the reasoning behind that. I see a lot of people saying that, but why? Honest question.

      • Sathea

        For me it’d be because Atlus have many good games on different platforms which are well developed for them, and I wouldn’t want to see their creativity stifled:

        PS2/P/Vita – digital devil saga, persona and more
        DS – Devil survivor, strange journey, radiant historia
        3DS – DS1/2/soul hackers remakes, SMT4
        PS3/360 – Catherine

        Imagine if sony bought Atlus. More high fidelity games sure, but what about development times and smaller games like Devil Survivor?

        • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

          You have way too many games not on this list.
          Way. To. Many.

          If Sony bought Atlus, Atlus would go off and make a bunch of PS3 games and Trauma Team and Etrian Odyssey would die.

          • Sathea

            I was talking only about games developed by Atlus – those you mention are published by Atlus. Edit: mistaken regarding Trauma centre and more recent odysseys. They weren’t their usual style so I was under the impression they were some of the many games published by Atlus.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            Shame on you, Atlus does more than SMT.
            In the last five years they’ve developed SMTIV,Persona,Radiant HIstoria,Trauma Center and Etrian Odyssey.
            And this is the rest of their games http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Atlus_games

          • Sathea

            I mentioned Radiant Historia (or drafted it)/everything except trauma & etrian odyssey; wasn’t under the impression that SMT was their only license (also most of what I mentioned isn’t titled with SMT in Japan).

        • SwiftWind

          Exactly; I like for Atlus to be able to take advantage of all platforms and not have their creativity be stifled by being locked down to one console. Imagine how Etrian Odyssey would work without the dual screens, which it relies on for the mapmaking aspect?

          • LunarKnite

            What advantage is Atlus taking of by developing on non-Nintendo consoles? The examples you and the person above have said are games on Nintendo systems. To me, Nintendo would be one of the better companies (that actually has the means to) bid on Atlus. As we’ve seen with ToA, the 3DS can handle PS2 games. The Wii U also has enough specs to satisfy anything Atlus has done already.

            I don’t know, I guess I’m just concluding that if any company of Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft buys Atlus, I’d be pretty okay with Nintendo compared to the other two.

            (As a side note, the creativity aspect is hugely speculative compared to the other factors of lessening Atlus as a developer; we don’t know how much, if at all, Atlus’s creativity would be stifled if they were to be first party).

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            Nintendo leaves Monolith Soft to their own devices and offers them direction as per necessity, but they also offer this to people who develop exclusive 3rd party titles on their platform like the folks at Mistwalker. I personally am not fond of how Sony has handled some of the properties and people they’ve acquired via buy outs. Microsoft is very different however in eco-system. Microsoft however cant acquire them it seems.

          • SwiftWind

            I definitely agree that if one of the Big 3 did buy them, I wouldn’t mind Nintendo, but I don’t know. Since Atlus is one of the main RPG makers/publishers in the market right now, having them be 3rd party is a good thing; it allows them to distribute RPGs to multiple systems so that their respective libraries aren’t starved.

            And yes, the Wii U would be able to handle Atlus’s games as of late. But Atlus should be able to have the option to use the PS4′s superior specs to create a higher quality game in terms of graphics. Do you think the Wii could’ve handled the graphics of Catherine? And not to mention if Nintendo would ever green light a project like Catherine, but I digress. I also hate the Wii U’s controller but that’s kind of irrelevant haha.

            In the end, if Nintendo does buy out Atlus it won’t be that big a travesty, considering the 3DS’s reputation for RPGs this gen. But I sincerely hope Atlus remains 3rd party, if only to keep making quality games for both Nintendo and Sony (and I guess Microsoft).

          • Sathea

            I agree that of the console manufacturers (remember Microsoft can’t bid on this, not that I would prefer them) Nintendo would be the best choice because of the care they have for software development, and while it is true that the hardware specific innovations we’ve mentioned are on Nintendo platforms, I’d A. like Atlus to make something for Vita again and B. like Atlus to be able to develop for PS4 because its architecture is like a PCs, and so we may see PC games from Atlus that aren’t just old ports. People say they’ve never been known for high end graphics, and although that isn’t a big concern of mine, they’ve made the best of whatever platform they’ve developed on. For example, they skimped on backgrounds in P3/4 in order to push the character models in battle.

            Edit: I wouldn’t be concerned about Nintendo greenlighting things – they paid for Bayonetta 2 because they want to try to attract an older/different audience to their console as well.

  • Fidelis

    I don’t know what exactly Sega Sammy is, but the Sega part of the name sent a chill down my spine (HEH. spine. SANIC)

    • KnifeAndFork

      Sammy mainly makes those worthless pachislot games that never leave Japan. (because the rest of the world actually gambles with real money)

      • KnifeAndFork

        2 people hate the truth

  • Armane

    Sega Sammy? Aren’t Sega bankrupt? That doesn’t bode well for a possible buyout.

    • pekikuubik

      Nope. That’s just misinformation spread on the internet. Sega Sammy is in no danger of going bankrupt.

      • KnifeAndFork

        Where’s my Yakuza 5 and Shenmue III & VC III

        • Just Tim

          Phantasy Star Online 2, Shining, Sakura Wars, and 7th Dragon wanna say hi too!

          • KnifeAndFork

            I hear them I hear them

        • Just Tim

          Phantasy Star Online 2, Shining, Sakura Wars, and 7th Dragon wanna say hi too!

    • Just Tim

      SEGA’s purported bankruptcy DID happen at the turn of the millennium, right after Stolar destroyed the company.

      They went back to the black, late last decade.

  • Koji Kabuto

    I would prefer Namco-Bandai rather than anyone, they are more propense to take their games out of Japan.

    • KnifeAndFork

      Gundam says hi

      • KnifeAndFork

        two people hate Gundam…

        • Ferrick

          to be fair… gundam isn’t exactly big in the west

          • Just Tim

            It doesn’t help when a Universal Century character named Gihren Zabi EMBRACED comparisons to Adolf Hitler.

  • Kaitou21

    As long as Persona 5 is still in development and a western friendly company buys the holdings for index I’ll be happy

  • Omnicidal Neutral

    Sega you get your ass out of this auction until you learn how to localize titles in other regions again.

    I would kind of like it if articles would talk about the other 19 companies.

    • KnifeAndFork

      Truer words have never been spoken…

      Though I do not want EA, Capcom, Activision, Square-Enix, Namco either….

      Perhaps TecmoKoei

      SNK? lmao

      • hazelnut1112

        EA and Activision can never bid on this since Atlus is a Japanese company. They have a thing where foreign companies can’t buy out Japanese companies. So any companies founded that aren’t Japan won’t be part of this auction.

        • KnifeAndFork

          good to know

        • Warboss Aohd

          but they are allowed to buy Western companies?

          double standards much?

          • Brion Valkerion

            Welcome to Japanese laws, there are double standards for everything over there when it comes to domestic vs. foreign affairs. Usually small things, but pretty stupid and outdated all the same.

            Hey just like Japanese business practices…. except for Rakuten lol.

          • Calintz YT

            Because american laws don’t have double standards

      • The Watcher

        that was the dumbest suggestion i’ve ever heard. Square-enix is obviously the best choice. SNK and TecmoKoei? Pffft yeah right.

        • KnifeAndFork

          Square can’t even localize their newer Dragon Quest games and have taken eight years to release & localize a Final Fantasy game and remade one within 2 years of it’s debut…plus, apparently, 3.5 million in sales is a flop to them so….

          • Ivan Junior

            ouch!

          • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

            Which one was remade within 2 years? 14? That wasn’t a cash-grab, that was broken to begin with and needed to be remade.

      • Brion Valkerion

        Pretty sure SNK cant even afford to eat at this point haha.

        Namco… is kinda the best option at this point all things considered at the moment. Maybe if they let Harada over see the transaction, its not his job, but damn if he cant do it all!

    • TheGioG

      Ain’t that the truth… I’d rather have ATLUS games be exclusive to consoles I don’t yet own and STILL be making it to America than never having Persona 5 and onward see the light of day outside Japan.

      • Ric Vazquez

        True

    • LaserVision

      Aside from Vakyria Chronicles 3 and Yakuza 5 (both of which that had prequels that flopped) what titles are you talking about?

      • MagisterXII

        Phantasy Star!

        • LaserVision

          fair enough

    • http://www.senran-international.boards.net/ TwinTails

      That’s funny, I didn’t expect the likes of SEGA to have anywhere close to 200 million dollars in expendable cash.

      • Helepythia

        I for one, think it will come from Company of Heroes 2′s tank skins. 1.99 each!

    • Ric Vazquez

      Yep

  • TheHolypopeofgaming

    mmmmm Sonic Megami Tensei. Better than it being buried in Nintendo

    • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

      why would it be buried when Nintendo is collaborating with Shin Megami Tensei Franchise with Fire Emblem and Fire Emblem Awakening

      • Tom

        I think he’s thinking about something similar that happened to Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes. Two HD editions are out but no Twin Snakes because Nintendo is gripping it with both hands.

  • https://twitter.com/BinksFrost Binks5

    sega instead of bidding for atlus why not use that money to give us a new Valkyria chronicles on a main console and a new shinobi on a main console =D and PSO 2 in the west

    • Rothion

      Or just localize VC3 lol

  • Bigabu Beaze

    SAMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMYYYY NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  • http://vindictushots.tumblr.com/ Okuni-chan

    As long as Atlus is able to continue doing their own thing and stay the way they are with the people they have, I don’t thin I mind much. Although Sega scares me. They DID localize Project Diva so I’m rather torn.

    • KnifeAndFork

      rather lazy localization though…

      • http://vindictushots.tumblr.com/ Okuni-chan

        Lazy? How is that a lazy localization? That’s a pretty nichie game and the fact they even decided to toss it our way still amazes me.

  • Tom

    I would love to have an Atlus branch in Europe as well.

  • NintendoPSX

    This is seriously depressing news. Despite the fact Sega didn’t have enough funding for one game (Bayonetta 2), haven’t done anything with the IP they bought from THQ AND the fact they’re worse than Square-Enix when it comes to localizing games…
    Pls Sega. Leave. Go! I’ll take Gung-Ho or Nintendo over you!

    • Herok♞

      Sega could have easily funded Bayo 2, they didn’t because they didn’t think it would be worth it that simple

  • Trevor Nicolaysen

    This is the company that basically locked down guilty gear from further development.

    (Double checked prior information. Was wrong. Oops)

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      They had the rights then gave them back

      • Trevor Nicolaysen

        Several years later. Pretty sure that was an IP sale, not a gift.

  • Jibun Rest@rt

    /drags nails down face

    Don’t mess with success. That’s all whoever buys Atlus needs to know.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    ……I really didnt see that coming……….Get ready for sonic and Miku to make a cameo in SMT games :/ if they win plus They can’t localize games for shit.

  • Just Tim

    Even though I’m warming up to SEGA recently, the fact that they have gaming generations’ worth of Japan-ONLY backlogs is sign enough that SMT would unnecessarily become part of that backlog, at worst.

    Sakura Taisen, Shining, and 7th Dragon wanna say hi to the rest of the world.

    So, no, until further notice.

  • hazelnut1112

    Sega still needs to learn a few things before they can buy a company like this. Their marketing division isn’t that good unless it involves Sonic. It would be great for a third party company to buy them though, in reality I see Nintendo being the highest bidder.

  • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu
    • KnifeAndFork

      So you’re saying Nike should buy them?? XD

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        Thankfully Nike cant get in on it since they’re not a japanese company as far as I know

  • Learii

    aw not sega they never localized games that we want

  • mike dickson

    sega back away from the bid or god shall help

  • Skye Johnson

    Eh, Sega. Not my first choice. Better than nothing, of course, but… At least there are 19 others.

    They don’t have a great record with localizing games AFAIK, but if they bought Index, considering the track record of some of the games that have sold well (as well as I’m aware. I.e., P3, P4: Golden, etc.), at least we’d probably still see those games being localized because they know how they sell, and they’d be buying Index to cash in on those sales at home and abroad if they’re intelligent.

    With any luck, it’ll be a better company than one that churns out Sonic sequels like cotton candy—all sugar, not a whole lot of substance.

  • http://www.segalization.com/ Kuronoa

    Would SEGA keep Atlus USA? I mean people say no to them cause they don’t localize enough games but I see a chance Atlus USA localize Yakuza 5.

    Hmm… I dunno it is a toss up. I think GungHo or Kadokawa suits them better.

    • Brandonmkii

      I’d be okay with GungHo. At least they localize a majority of their stuff.

      • Rudi Adkins II

        or Spike Chunsoft.

  • DivinePhoenix69

    Id think either Marvelous or Namco would be a good choice to buy out Atlus. I wouldnt mind Sega honestly just as long as they actually localize the games.

    I honestly dont want to see neither Nintendo or Sony buy them out. It would be a bummer if Atlus remains exclusive to one console only.

  • French

    hope Sega gets this

  • amagidyne

    That doesn’t sound so great. Sega doesn’t like us very much at all, what with them never marketing and only rarely localizing stuff for the English-speaking market. After all the stuff about Bayonetta 2, I have to wonder whether a Resonance of Fate 2 was ever on the table. Maybe I’m mistaken, but it seems like they don’t put any real support behind anything they release outside of stuff they already know will sell.

    You probably don’t want a company that doesn’t take risks working with Atlus. Persona is a reliable seller and Shin Megami Tensei IV did pretty well, but what are the odds we’ll ever see another Raidou title or some weird one-off games like Catherine under that kind of leadership?

    I’m pretty much just guessing though. Index was probably worse. It’s not like these companies are ever anything but opaque.

  • Just Tim

    I’ll also admit this feels too soon for my liking.

  • Sardorim

    Great, love Isabeau and I’m very happy she’ll be showing up in SMT x FE alongside Flynn(Main Character of SMT IV). Her ending/route was so much better than the others as well.

    • Maumac77

      Oh so THAT doesn’t happen on all three routes? Guess I’ll make neutral my final ending

      • Sardorim

        Neutral also has Red Rider that can be farmed. It’s Neutral exclusive.

        If you’re going for completion than do Nothingness -> Law -> Chaos -> Neutral for demon unlocks and saving the better ending for last. Though doing Law/Chaos will be VERY hard if you like Isabeau. Trust me.

        Doing Neutral first will also ruin the other Routes as it’s so much better than them.

        • Maumac77

          I’ve already spoiled the ending of both LAW and Neutral for my self :p…does nothingness even have demon unlocks compared to the others? Because I thought it was at the same point you chose which route to take

  • Michael Connell

    As long as the buyer isn’t Capcom or Square Enix I’m fine with them.

  • Brimfyre

    There are hardly any good options here. No one wants the Big 3 to buy them, which is understandable. But of the the three biggest third parties that could absorb them only bad things could happen.

    Sega, Square Enix, and Capcom have all in the last week shown they are onboard the mobile game train with no plans of getting off.

    Any of them buy Atlus, get ready to see Persona 5 as a tablet based card game. I’m only halfway kidding. This is an actual possibility in the world we live in. Dark times.

    • Lordshade

      People said the same thing when Index absorbed Atlus 3 years ago, since Index is a mobile provider. I’d wait and see anyway.

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        And lo and behold we get SMT phone games while Capcom puts Breath of Fire 6 on Phones as a touch game. Meanwhile Square Enix put the majority of games on mobiles but they dont know how to sell jack squat on them. Effectively wasting whatever profits they do make because they’re disorganized as all hell. They’re pretty much what happens to Tokyo when the demons invade.

  • Neophoton

    While I’m not 100% for Square Enix, if Eidos is any indication, SQEX would likely just leave them up to their usual routines.

    That said, I’d probably be most comfortable with Namco Bandai. Anything could happen.

    • Ferrick

      but sega and bamco aren’t exactly the best in localization…

      • Bobby Jennings

        Namco’s been pushing themselves for localization lately. They’ve really been trying hard with it. I’m sure Atlus’s games would still release over here. I don’t know much about Sega.

        • Ferrick

          true, that’s commendable, sega on the other hand….

        • Neophoton

          Exactly my point, good sir. Namco Bandai’s been getting better about localization in the past two years.

          • Just Tim

            It’s safe to say that’s going to be the case for a long long time, especially when Namdai already locked up Naruto and Dragonball game rights, for perpetuity.

          • Neophoton

            Only disappointment for me in that is I get the impression CC2 will never do a new Little Tail Bronx game. :P I’ve been waiting on that Solatorobo-related/sequel announcement that was supposed to pop up earlier this year that has yet to happen. Not that I’m hating on the Naruto games for that, just quietly waiting~

          • Just Tim

            Well, Little Tail Bronx games’ collective budgets are loose change, compared to Naruto/Dragon Ball game profits, no?

      • Neophoton

        Sega, I admit would only be a viable option if they get better about bringing more titles over. On the flip side, I’ve no idea of their American branch’s financial status, so I can’t really chastise much. I import a lot of my games, so I haven’t been paying attention to what their American branch does these days aside from Sonic.

        • Ferrick

          that’s just it, sonic and more sonic…. well and they’re starting to bring hatsune miku over but that’s… well good for some, but not good enough…

          • ShadowDivz

            I wouldn’t really say “starting” to bring hatsune miku over. They’re not even bringing over the vita version.

          • AkuLord3

            To be fair, not alot of japanese companies feel like bring vita games over here because of the low sales

          • ShadowDivz

            Well obviously there are low sales if not alot of games leave japan.
            See the paradox?

  • KuroNathan

    No…. NO. NO NO NO ANYONE BUT SEGA. Sega has pretty much said screw you to the west for the past few years (project diva aside, but then again where’s VC 3 Sega?)

    To me Sega has the mentality of either you sell millions of copies or not worth continuing the series in the US. A quick glance on google shows that Atlus’s best selling title (Persona 4) didn’t even break 1 mil copies and that’s fine by me, but I don’t know if Sega would allow that kind of sales.

    • TrevHead

      CoD cash chasing nearly bankrupted SEGA last year forcing them to drastically downsize their console game operations to become closer to a mid tier publisher than AAA.

      They SHOULD (with a big pinch of HOPEFULLY) be more pro active with niche games nowadays.

      • KuroNathan

        Hopefully Project Diva is a sign of things to come. If that is the case where they start acting like what you describe then /maybe/ I could tolerate Sega.

        Maybe.

  • http://s932.photobucket.com/ usagi_san

    The best situation would be for Atlus to be an independent company. However that isn’t the case. What Atlus needs is a company that would maintain their current efforts – locally and globally (mainly NA) – and hopefully expand their global efforts to other parts of the world on a more consistent timescale.

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    Konami guys! True Goddess Metal Gear Reincarnation… Solid… yeah that’d be the best game ever.
    It would be cool if Sega threw all their niche stuff at Atlus USA, unfortunately I don’t think that would ever happen.

    • Warboss Aohd

      ……maybe Atlus would take over Suikoden if dat happened…

      • MrSirFeatherFang

        *spills coffee* holy shit I didn’t even think of that. You’re on to something!

        • Warboss Aohd

          now i’m somewhat hopin’ dey buy dem.

  • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

    Let’s stop fooling ourselves, whoever ends up buying Atlus, we will all lose one way or the other. There’s no right candidate other than Atlus themselves~.

  • Josué

    I want to know how Sega (or any other company) buying Atlus in Japan would affect Atlus in Europe and America.
    Ah, the tension just keeps raising.

  • Rytan

    I doubt it’s possible, but I’d really love Nippon-Ichi Software or Xseed or even Aksys to snatch them up.

    • Beat

      Xseed would be a good match for rpgs.

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        Inb4 they put them all up on the PCs’

    • DesmaX

      I doubt they have 20 billion yen available

    • Sathea

      As DesmaX implied, they’re both way too niche to be able to afford Atlus’ parent company.

  • ragingmerifes

    I don’t know what to think. Sega sometimes does good stuff, but I just won’t be able to see franchises like Growlanser and Radiant Historia, or even new IPs, be forgotten just because they wasn’t a success, like happened to Valkyria Chronicles.
    Also, if the Atlus games become exclusive to the Wii U, for example, because of a contract, and not because they were made for the platform they’ll be on, then I’ll be pissed.

    But it’s better than Capcom.

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      Atlus has been busy developing on their platforms so…..

  • sakusakusakura_nyo

    NO! If Sega buys Atlus, none of their games will ever get localized again and RPGS will be dead in the west!

  • Pichi

    Not one of my favorite picks, so I hope not. I just really want a company that’ll let them work on their works like before with little meddling. And especially let Atlus USA continue their localization efforts.

  • Istillduno

    Looks at Phantasy Star Online 2′s current (none)existance in the west, looks at how long it took them to start selling Anarchy Reigns in the west when Platinum had done all the localisation before the Japanese version went gold and included all the voices/text in it too.

    This may end up even worse than Atlus still being owned by Index, though I guess at least they don’t **** themselves at the idea of region free games having dual audio and vice versa.

    Either way Europe is probably boned.

  • Milla

    Let whoever wants to buy atlus buy it, afterwards let me enjoy all your salty tears Kappa.

  • ShadowDivz

    Sweet merciful god….
    Let our deaths be swift and painless if sega buys Atlus.

  • Schwer_Muta

    My precise reaction was. “No no no no no no no”. This went on for a while.

  • Lordshade

    Its not really surprising, given Sega has been distributing Index/Atlus games for a while now in Japan.

  • Guest

    This is not surprising, as Sega has been distributing Index/Atlus titles in Japan for a while now.

    • TrevHead

      Doesn’t Atlus have a publishing arm in Japan to do it themselves?

  • Brandonmkii

    I’d be cool with Sega buying Index. Atlus games sell here, so maybe they’ll feel like taking more risks with their other IPs in the west.

  • TrevHead

    I’d be cool but only if SEGA become more localisation friendly especially for PAL. Atm when it comes to SEGA JRPG localisations it’s like getting blood from a stone.

    Given Altus’ success in the west I don’t think SEGA is stupid enough to not localise “most” of their games.

  • Herlo Rerelo

    JackSonicFrost

  • Ben Sylvia

    New Persona in Persona 5

    Sonic the Hedgehog!!!
    *is shot*

  • supervamp

    Why do people think that when a company buys a company like this that they will instantly do something drastic to them?
    I’m gonna need people to actually use their heads for once

    • http://www.segalization.com/ Kuronoa

      Anyone who keeps Atlus USA it is a good sign I say.

  • sakusakusakura_nyo

    I think Jay Z will buy Atlus.

  • XypherCode

    Uhhh no?

  • Kevi Johnson-el

    Well whatever happens I hope Atlus can still make whatever game they want on whatever system they see fit because I playing the SMT games on nintendo systems an I like to play persona games only on playstation lol

  • Kari

    I guess I better brush up on my Japanese. Going be a long ride.

  • Ragnawind

    At least there is a higher chance for a 3rd party to pick them up than a first party. With 3rd party, there is a 99.9% chance that they could still work on the games they want to and already have in development, like Persona 5. They coulld also keep providing support to Nintendo for the SMT x FE game, which they aren’t working on themselves.

  • GriffithOfTheHawk

    Too bad the news doesn’t list the other companies interested (sega is a bad option for us gamers imho).

    It’s not a good thing that they’re so many i kinda hoped that they’d adopt a wait & see strategy at first to force Index decision and make them split the lots. Like THQ did.

    Now the companies are forced to buy ALL Index subsdaries (including those that provoked this mess in the first place) and there’s no lot for Atlus only.

    A potential buyer would have to resort to dissolving useless subsidiaries and/or firing personals immediately after buying, it’s not a good thing business wise.

  • Göran Isacson

    Man, I am kinda worried now because… well, what big companies/publishers ARE there out there who hasn’t drawn gamers ire SOMEHOW through one boneheaded decision or another out there? It kinda feels like we can find faults with ANYONE we can imagine as a buyer. Talk about trapped between a rock and a hard place… but until we know ALL the options, I think the best one can do is just to take a few deep breaths and remain neutral. Might be a good buyer out there, might be a bad one. None can tell at this point.

    • http://www.segalization.com/ Kuronoa

      I would probably root for GungHo if they are bidding.

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        GungHo would have them be doing useless things

        • http://www.segalization.com/ Kuronoa

          They own Acquire and Grasshopper, they aren’t doing nothing.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            And what happened to the rest of the studios they bought?
            They sent them to work on online infrastructure.

          • http://www.segalization.com/ Kuronoa

            I doubt Atlus will be used for that.

            btw my other pick earlier was Kadokawa.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            I’d rather not any game company get Atlus TBH.

            Especially when they owe these other people more than they owe Nintendo

      • GriffithOfTheHawk

        Gunho is sitting on a “casual” bubble and you don’t want Atlus to be part of that when it’ll burst. Zynga is a good exemple.

  • TheHolypopeofgaming

    At least it’s not Nintendo.

    • AkuLord3

      Because? cuz i don’t see any problem in that

      • TheHolypopeofgaming

        I don’t buy Nintendo Products.

        • http://www.segalization.com/ Kuronoa

          Even when Atlus does a lot on the handhelds?

          • TheHolypopeofgaming

            at the risk of Mod wrath.

            I DO NO LIKE NINTENDO AT ALL. if anyone else does fine but I will have nothing to do with them.

          • TrevHead

            your missing out on some damn great games bud. Just grap a DS lite 2nd hand for about 20 quid, it’s not as if you are supporting Nintendo that way.

          • TheHolypopeofgaming

            I have a dead DS Lite. Hardly ever used it, bought a few games for it went to turn it on, NOTHING and it wouldn’t start charging. The begining of one of my many beefs with Nintendo, which I won’t discuss here.

  • wahyudil

    if Microsoft get Atlus, I will scream

  • Adam Zaorski

    God please no! I’ll never see a Shin Megami Tensei game again if Sega buys Atlus….

    And i bought a %$^^$ US 3ds to play games from Atlus faster, ever though i live in Europe.

  • 657rod

    Sony please save us you are our new messiah!

  • 657rod

    New mc:Persona!
    Unkown Persona:Thou art I… And I am thou… From the sea of thy soul I cometh… I am Sonic master of the 30 year old dudes that play games for kids…

  • gamefreak86

    Marvelous Xseed. Atlus can maybe do a deal like Activision and buy themselves back possibly getting into partnership investment with help from Nintendo or Sony and become 2Nd party.

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